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April 12, 2001

House File 1015: Bill Relating to Education

Author:
Representative Harry Mares

Summary:
This bill makes major changes in many areas of the education code. It would have changed the home school law in two very unfavorable ways.

First, parents would be required to submit their children's standardized test scores and all other assessments to the public school superintendent every year. This would change the current law which requires that children be tested, but does not require the scores to be submitted.

Second, parents desiring to teach their children at home would be required to have a high school diploma. Currently, parents without such a diploma can home school by sending in quarterly reports, but these bills would remove that option.

Status:
HF 1015 is in the House Education Committee. However, all of the home schooling language has been removed.

Action Requested:
None.

HSLDA's Position:
This portion of the bill should be strongly opposed.